Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation

The Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation Standing Committee (MIGCITPOL) offers a unique forum to researchers working in the fields of migrants’ access to citizenship and political participation in sending and receiving societies. 

MIGCITPOL’s core mission is to compare how citizenship status and rights are legally regulated, and explore how the resulting institutional opportunity structure influences migrants’ access to naturalization and their political participation in home and host countries. Our SC thus combines a top-down analytical approach aiming to understand how underlying regulations regarding naturalization and enfranchisement evolve over time and across countries with a bottom-up focus on migrants’ practices of engagement in electoral and non-electoral mobilisations aiming at influencing the political decision-making process.

Our approach is comparative and aims to cover all regions of the world affected by international migration. It is also transnational, paying symmetric attention to immigrants and emigrants, and to the institutional context in origin and receiving countries. Finally, it is multilevel because we encourage out members to look beyond the nation-state as the sole provider of citizenship and political participation rights.
The founders and past coordinators of MIGCITPOL laid the foundations of a buoyant research agenda on migrants’ access to citizenship and political participation. Our core mission is not only to build upon and expand these lines of inquiry, but also to take them in decidedly fresh direction. 

Names of coordinators

Gianni d’Amato

Director of the Swiss Forum for Migration, and Population Studies and of the NCCR on the move,  University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) [Leading coordinator]

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Jean-Thomas Arrighi de Casanova

Institut d'Histoire, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Ana Margheritis

University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Luicy Pedroza

El Colegio de México, Mexico

Samuel David Schmid

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany

Daniela Vintila

Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), University of Liege, Belgium

Names and institutional affiliations of (key) members 

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Angeliki Konstantinidou

University of Liege- CEDEM, Belgium

Antoine Bilodeau

Christophe Leclerc

Francesco Pasetti

CIDOB, Spain

Irina Ciornei

Jean-Michel Lafleur

Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS), Belgium

Jeremias Stadlmair

Maarten Vink

Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE), Netherlands

Marco Martinello

Pau Palop-Garcia

University of Erfurt, Germany

Rainer Bauböck

Ricard Zapata-Barrero

GRITIM-University Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Salomon Bennour

Swantje Falcke

Tudi Kernalegenn

Laura Morales

Inci Öykü Yener-Roderburg

Victoria Finn

European University Institute, Italy

Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero

Mari-Liis Jakobson

Leif Kaler

Santiago Pérez-Nievas

Veronica Riniolo

ISMU Foundation, Italy

Verena Wisthaler

EURAC Research

Neil Hernandez

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Agenda of activities

For the upcoming academic year (2019-2020), our main activities will be as follows:

  • Organizing Panels for the IMISCOE Annual Conferences
  • Linking MIGCITPOL with like-minded research networks within other academic associations (e.g. IPSA, ECPR, APSA, and ISA)
  • Creating the Annual Award for the best paper presented at the IMISCOE Annual Conference on topics related to MIGCITPOL. The winner will receive a €250 prize, awarded at the end of the Conference.
  • Establishing a new communication strategy on social media and recruiting new members
  • Organizing Thematic Workshops in one of our partner institutions on topical issue related to the core themes of the IP. Our first workshop, on International Comparisons of Immigrant Selectivity and Migrant Status Transitions’ is scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2020. 


Call for MIGCITPOL-sponsored Panels, IMISCOE Annual Conference in Luxemburg 2020, around three main themes:

  1. Global trends in citizenship law: Comparative research on citizenship laws and citizenship rights, as well as access to formal political rights
  2. Transnational political participation: Engagement policies for diasporas and emigrants’ participation and representation in origin country politics
  3. Immigrants’ political participation: Immigrants’ political engagement and political mobilization for and against immigration in host countries

Call for upcoming Workshop on “International Comparisons of Immigrant Selectivity and Migrant Status Transitions” (scheduled for May 2020). The workshop will bring together ’old’  and ‘new’ members from regions and disciplines that are, to this date,  under-represented within the IMISCOE. While no arrangement has been made to date, we aim to publish the contributions to the Workshop as Special Issue.




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